the collective

climbing and bouldering and everything else

Ibex Addict

GW on The Bone Collector V11, Ibex, UT

“In our ever more crowded world, what the pioneers once despised has turned out to be, by virtue of the very fact that it was shunned and therefore lightly settled, our last refuge for quiet and contemplation.  So it is that deserts are refuges not by choice but by default, as if driven out of cathedrals we were forced to hold services on beds of nails.  But on the positive side, what are cathedrals.. Read More

New Damn Boulders

Scott Hall on Lonesome Animals

The spring season is winding down here in Utah, hinting at the hot summer to come, but yet again Joe’s Valley has provided new boulders. . . hell, a new area in fact.  We have dubbed this new area in left fork The Damn Boulders due to the fact that it has an irrigation dam crossing for access to the opposite side of the river.  The interactive map at the top of this.. Read More

Hueco: A Quick Trip


Quick trips to a bouldering destination sure are funny, not funny like cat videos but funny like “that smells funny” . . . cause it’s not that funny.  It stinks like shit from the get go.  Knowing 14 hours to Hueco Tanks is a hell of a drive for 3 days of bouldering we do it anyway, convincing ourselves it is worth it and feeling holier than thou dedication as we sip our 8th coffee.. Read More

Southwest Videos


Joe Meiners and Griffin Whiteside put together a great video of some of the bouldering around St. George, UT including the often shown Moe’s Valley but also a newer area that Isaac Caldiero has been developing called Dalton Wash near the town of Virgin, Utah. Southern Utah from Joe Meiners on Vimeo. Check this link for a map of where to turn on Dalton Wash road from Highway 9 just East of Virgin Utah.. Read More



The hits just keep coming from G Biebs, aka Griffin Whiteside, aka the Wolfstain. #Tall is Griffin’s latest addition and quite possibly the tallest problem in Joe’s Valley.  This problem can be found in Left Fork, across the river and down-canyon a bit from A Wrinkle in Time. . . Or, if better suites your reference, across canyon from the Shipwreck boulder which is home to Prince of Thieves. . . or, up-canyon.. Read More

Barn Canyon

Great Hurl Of Price V8

Barn Canyon is a side canyon just south of the Price Bouldering Area up Highway 6/SR 191.  Information can be found here:  From wikiboulder: “At the plant in the bottom of Price Canyon turn onto 191. After the railroad tracks take the first left. Follow this road back up the canyon, past a warehouse for lease, and into a canyon with an old barn. The road gets serious, but you can always walk… Read More

Joe’s Valley Update Fall 2012

Salmon Scented Sausage Soother

Well, another Joe’s Valley season is nearly over. The fall weather has been a perfect steady flow of 50 and sunny. Writing the forecast for Orangeville, UT would be a pretty sweet gig this fall . . . wake up, make coffee, cut and paste forecast and then search celebrity gossip sites for new nip slips and upskirts. Good morning Lindsey, careful getting out of the car in that short skirt. Speaking of short,.. Read More

under the knife

I am sitting in a lawn chair in the backyard, reading accounts of the first ascents of the big mountains in the Sierra Nevada in the late 19th century – real men, real adventures. I am also drinking coffee and eating lemon meringue pie left over from Easter (likely the highlight of my day). I have to eat with my left hand, because my right arm is immobilized in a sling strapped to.. Read More

8 Dudes in the South

Hot Dude Stew

I recently returned from a bouldering trip to the south to sample the finest stone this side of the Mississippi . . . shit, I mean that side of the Mississippi . . . I’m not used to that saying being geographically inaccurate. Well whatever, regardless of the location of the Mighty Mississippi the southern sandstone was the best I have ever touched. About 4 months ago we started planning a dude trip.. Read More

New Season, New Problems.

Cow Pie in the ol' Chalk Bag, Classic

Well Joe’s season has started and I couldn’t be happier. It’s grade school recess and we are playing on our schoolyard playground. Running around like idiots, laughing, inventing games, making fun of each other, performing feats of strength and balance, throwing snowballs, eating giant pizzas, putting cow pies in each others chalk bags and yet somehow still focusing on projects and first ascents. I work 12-hour graveyard shifts a lot from 9pm to.. Read More